Monday, October 21, 2013
Who could be the next to go for Ravens?
By Jamison Hensley
OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- A day after Terrell Suggs declared the Baltimore Ravens are in a "state of emergency," coach John Harbaugh made it clear that he is in a state of unrest entering the bye.
The Ravens (3-4) have lost three of their past four games, and this marks the first time they've had a losing record this late in the season in Harbaugh's six seasons.
"We'll do whatever it takes," Harbaugh said in the aftermath of Sunday's 19-16 loss at the Pittsburgh Steelers. "We'll trade guys, we'll cut guys, we'll sign guys, we'll coach guys, we'll change schemes. It doesn't matter."
This isn't a hollow message from Harbaugh, especially when you consider the Ravens' history. The Ravens traded offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie on Monday for a conditional late-round pick after they replaced him with Eugene Monroe. Baltimore also changed its scheme Sunday, going with three wide receivers in a spread formation.
Don't forget Harbaugh is the coach who fired his offensive coordinator in the final month of the regular season, so he isn't afraid to make changes.
Who could be the next player on the way out of Baltimore? I don't see any radical roster moves, but here are the top candidates to get released:
Safety Michael Huff. He played only five snaps (all special teams) and made the glaring mistake of losing outside containment on Emmanuel Sanders' 44-yard kickoff return, which jumpstarted the Steelers' game-winning drive in the fourth quarter. Huff ranks among the most disappointing offseason signings for the Ravens after getting benched as a starting safety in the season opener. He is making $2.35 million this season when including the signing bonus.
Safety Jeromy Miles. The former Cincinnati Bengal was flagged for being offside on the onside kick, even though he was running next to kicker Justin Tucker. Harbaugh called the error the "unforgivable part" of the play. The Ravens picked up his $1.3 million contract when they claimed him on waivers, meaning he makes $77,824 per game. That's a hefty price for a special teams player who makes such a critical mental miscue.
Safety Anthony Levine. I don't see the Ravens cutting Levine, because he has value as a special teams player. He led Baltimore with 20 special teams snaps on Sunday. But he did take the blame for the Ravens' second blocked punt.
The Ravens have options when it comes to special teams. They could bring back wide receiver LaQuan Williams or a running back like Anthony Allen. The Ravens reached an injury settlement with Williams and could re-sign him if he's fully recovered from a hamstring injury. Cornerback Asa Jackson, who is serving an eight-game suspension, will be reinstated after the Ravens' Nov. 3 game at Cleveland.